Current Postings

The postings below are all still active, and organized by deadline. Once the deadline has passed, they will be moved to the IABA Posting Archive, on the CBR Website


Dear IABA-L members. Many of you might find the many activities of the British Auto/Biography Study Group of great interest. Here is its latest notice, with information about how to join. CH

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Oxford project aims to preserve WW2 memories and objects

A project led by the Faculty of English at the University of Oxford is looking for contributions to a free online archive of family stories, anecdotes, memories and digitized objects relating to people’s experiences of the Second World War. Their Finest Hour, funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, aims to digitally collect stories and materials related to Britain’s and the Commonwealth’s role in the Second World War in order to preserve them and make them freely available to the public.

Led by Dr Stuart Lee of the Faculty of English, the project team will:

  • Run a series of ‘Digital Collection Days’ at major museums, libraries and heritage centres across the UK and encourage people to bring war-related stories and materials – letters, photos, diaries, memorabilia, or just stories handed down from family members – for digitization 
  • Train an army of volunteers and support them in running their own collection events in village halls, community centres, faith centres, schools, colleges and elsewhere
  • Capture people’s thoughts and reactions to the way the war is remembered today
  • Offer an online archive to allow people to upload their objects and/or stories and memories remotely 
  • Preserve all the collected stories and objects in a free-to-use online archive that will be launched on 6 June 2024, the 80th anniversary of D-Day

Dr Stuart Lee said, “We’re delighted to be able to create this archive with memories of the Second World War. We know from previous projects that people have so many wonderful objects, photos, and anecdotes which have been passed down from family members which are at risk of getting lost or being forgotten. Our aim is to empower local communities to digitally preserve these stories and objects before they are lost to posterity.”
If you have stories or objects that you would like to contribute to the Their Finest Hour archive, you can upload them now. There will be a series of collection events taking place throughout the UK in 2023; keep an eye on the website for dates and details. You can also follow the project’s progress on FacebookInstagram and Twitter.

Dr Matthew Kidd, Project Manager

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Dear Friends

Happy New Year! We hope you have enjoyed the festive period and had a good start to 2023.

JANUARY SEMINAR: A reminder to register for our first 2023 online Seminar on 12th January at 1700-1800 (free to members – see below). We are looking forward to ‘The Magic of Social Life: A Self-Other Study of Conjuring’ by Brian Rappert (University of Exeter). Please register on the BSA website: The Zoom link and joining details will be sent approximately 24 hours before the event. If you have any difficulties or questions about registering please email and colleagues will be able to help.

OTHER DIARY DATES 2023: The programme of events for 2023 is below. Seminars are free to Auto/Biography Group and BSA members: There is a £10 charge for non-members.

Seminar (online) on 2nd February 2023 at 1700-1800: ‘Celebration of Longevity’ by Terry Martin (University of Southampton):

Seminar (online) on 2nd March 2023 at 1700-1800: ‘The roar at the end of years of silence: feminist voices through educating geeta’ by Geeta Ludhra (Brunel University London):

Seminar (online) on 4th May 2023 at 1700-1800: ‘Can children narrate memoirs? Celebrating experimental narratives’ by Amanda-Marie Kale (University of Nottingham):

Auto/Biography Study Group Summer Conference 2023 ‘New Beginnings’ on Wednesday 12th July-Friday 14th July at Wolfson College, Oxford. Keynote: Professor David Brown (Cardiff Metropolitan University). The call for papers will be sent out early in 2023 and further details and registration information will follow.

Seminar (online) on 5th October 2023 at 1700-1800: ‘Celebration of student research and creativity activity: An autobiographical journey’ by Amanda Norman (University of Winchester):

Seminar (online) November at 1700-1800: date, details and registration to follow.

Auto/Biography Study Group Christmas Conference 2023 on 8th December at Friends House, Euston. Theme, details and registration to follow.

MEMBERSHIP: ‘Join us’ information is available here: As a paid member of the Auto/Biography Study Group you will benefit from a free seminar series (see below and, reductions on conference costs and publications, free publication in the group’s open access online journal (non-members pay £30 per submission). You will also be registered on the JISCmail list: The annual payment categories for the 2023 calendar year are £30 for members of the BSA £30 and £40 for non-members. Payment may be made via PayPal by logging in or by debit/credit card and choosing to pay as a guest: We are a charity and non-profit group and all proceeds from group subscriptions help to fund our publications and group events.

AUTO/BIOGRAPHY REVIEW: For more information about our open access journal and the call for papers see Auto/Biography Review information ( and the journal (website ( .

Please share the information with your networks, including doctoral researchers – we continue to be fully committed to supporting early career researchers.

Anne Chappell and Carly Stewart
Auto/Biography Study Group Convenors

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Call For Papers: Envisioning Queer Black and Indigenous Self-Representations within the Digital Literary Sphere
AMLit – American Literatures: Special Issue October 2023
Deadline for Submissions: January 30, 2023

Guest Editors: Oluwadunni Talabi & Corina Wieser-Cox

In their book on Queer Indigenous Studies (2011), Qwo-Li Driskill, Chris Finely, Brian Joseph Gilley and Scott Lauria Morgensen ask: “What does a queer decolonization of our homelands, bodies and psyches look like?” (219). Their question is critical when understanding the complex realities of Indigenous and Black queer individuals in the settler-colonial states of both Canada and the US, as well as in the central and southern states of “Latin” America. The queer Indigenous and Black body – especially when it is trans* or gender nonconforming – is often the site of violence and misrepresentation, yet it is also a site of destabilization and decolonization when reimagined and reified in digital media and literary forms. Through online self-representations facilitated by digital infrastructure, the queer Black and Indigenous heterogenous consciousness is made accessible. Queer Black and Indigenous creators and writers, given to existing at the most periphery of inter and intra discourse and imposed upon by the limits of Western gendered vocabulary in Queer discourse, are at the forefront of rethinking queerness. Returning to the past, pulling references that point to liberation and juxtaposing it in the context of the future, they are producing alternate realities and showing a relationship between times, while staying rooted in African and Indigenous world consciousness, inadvertently pushing for queer imaginings beyond Eurocentric epistemological limits. The intersectional shifts and visual aesthetics that arise from the everyday digital sphere of literary and cultural media goes beyond the liberational idea of, ‘if you can imagine it, you can create it’ to the idea of, ‘that it is not your norm does not mean it does not/did not previously exist.’

The digital sphere and its ability to provide an avenue for self-representation, has already been explored by Shola Adenekan in his recently published book African Literature in the Digital Age (2021) in which he showcases how digitalization has enabled African writers to transcend the power relations of traditional publishing and scholarship. In order to discover an unlimited range of non- heteronormative representation and complexity, one must turn to the digital sphere, where queer Black and Indigenous artists from the Americas are leading conversations on the repercussions of colonial modern epistemes and are using an amalgam of their lived reality, historical narratives and fiction to create new epistemes of encompassing futures.

Two main questions arise concerning the digital sphere and queer Black and Indigenous selfrepresentations: First, how do digital literary/cultural forms produced by queer Black and Indigenous creatives engender a monumental paradigm shift in queer self-representation and selffashioning? Second, how do the literatures and cultures produced in the digital sphere mediate how the queer body is constructed, viewed, represented, and delineated within a diasporic and settlercolonial context of the Americas? This special issue of AmLit invites papers that analyze queer literary works within the digital sphere, specifically pertaining to queer Indigenous and Black peoples residing in the Americas, i.e., Turtle Island, Mesoamerica, Abya Yala, etc, that might include some of the following topics:

• the digitization and archiving of zines: e.g., the People of Color Zine Project (POCZP) and the Queer Zine Archive Project (QZAP)

• Audience engagements with texts/counterpublics

• Disruption of the “heteronormativity of settler colonialism” (Smith) through digitization

• Visual and literary aesthetics of the “sovereign erotic” (Rifkin)

• Two-Spirit epistemologies & digital literatures

• Black/Afrofuturist queer futures

• The aesthetics of survivance

• The aesthetics of metaphysics

• New vs. old forms of aesthetics within digital literary media

• Digital violence and counterdiscourses

• Racism and homophobia online

• Misogynoir and reimagining the world through digital resistance

• Communal and relational aspects of the digital sphere

• Discourses of resistance and survivance

• Imaginations created from cultural archives

Submission Information

Full essays should be between 5,000 and 10,000 words (including notes and bibliography) and be submitted by January 16th, 2023. The deadline has been extended to January 30th, 2023! Notification of acceptance for the articles will follow shortly after the deadline in January. The first round of edits is planned for March 2023 and publication is set to be October 2023. The article should be preceded by a short abstract (180 – 200 words). Bibliographical references and general presentation should follow the current MLA style sheet. If you have any questions before submission, feel free to email the guest editors at

Please send completed articles to the email (, along with any questions you might have concerning the publication.

Guest Editors:

Corina Wieser-Cox – University of Bremen

Oluwadunni Talabi – University of Bremen

Works Cited

Adenekan, Shola. African Literature in the Digital Age: Class and Sexual Politics in New Writing from Nigeria and Kenya. Boydell & Brewer, 2021.

Driskill, Qwo-Li, et al., editors. Queer Indigenous Studies: Critical Interventions in Theory, Politics, and Literature. University of Arizona Press, 2011.

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Deadline for Submissions January 30, 2023

CfP: Imperial Lives Conference

Date: 30.-31.3.2023

Place: Online/Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum Cologne (RJM).

For reasons of greater accessibility and sustainability, the conference will be held completely online.

After years of struggle, deflection, and hesitation, ethnographic museums are increasingly accepting the need for decolonization. Often, this is framed in terms of diversity and empowerment and with a special focus on creator communities and their diaspora. We agree: the victims of imperial violence and their descendants need to be at the centre of any fruitful decolonization process.

However, this leaves a momentous gap: what about the creators of the museum, the collectors who often violently amassed the collections, as well as those who are implicated in their legacy today? Whose acts of perpetration, violence, transgression, betrayal, superiority, exploitation, and misunderstanding lie at the foundation of the museum? When it comes to the actors in question and their agency, what prevails is often absence or a retreat into abstraction, both in academia and the museum.

The “Imperial Lives” conference wants to widen this perspective and offer a complementary approach: it aims at exploring ways of overcoming this colonial aphasia by focussing on the concrete, often messy biographies behind the institution “ethnographic museum”. We propose that the encounter with the personified past of empire – the biographies of imperial collectors – creates a space of unsettlement in which the personal implication of all members of a post-imperial democratic society can be explored and collective memory transformed.

Ethnographic museums, as one of the most visible sites of imperial continuity, offer an exemplary field for the exploration of imperial perpetration and implication that goes beyond the bounds of anthropology – especially when it comes to the interaction with broader audiences. This is why the conference will focus on both research and narration, inviting transdisciplinary perspectives from history, cultural, and literary studies as well as artistic, journalistic and activist practices.

We call for contributions addressing issues of biographic knowledge generation and representation, including questions such as:

  • How can biographic approaches to the legacy of empire contribute to the decolonisation of ethnographic museums?
  • What may be the archival foundation for biographic approaches to the imperial past? How can imperial personas be portrayed if the only archival material available was produced by themselves? What is the role of ethnographic collections as archives?
  • What kind of biographies are suited for such decolonial biographic research?
  • Who should be doing this research? How does the personal situatedness of the researcher affect the outcome?
  • What forms of representation, what narrative strategies should be used to depict imperial biographies?
  • With museums as the sites of a society’s collective memory: Which narrative approaches are fruitful contributions to the “work of remembrance”?
  • What is the relationship between historical factuality and biographic fiction, especially concerning the archival inequalities of empire?
  • In how far can artistic research and practice enrich modes of biographic display?

Conference language: English

There will be a recording of all papers, keynotes, and panels.

We are inviting scholars from the fields of:

ethnography, anthropology, literary studies, historical science, cultural studies, museology, art history, arts (e.g. fine arts, film, literature etc.), provenance research, journalism.


Please hand in your abstract of max. 500 words (in English, + short bio) until 2023/01/30 via:

For any questions, feel free to get in touch via

Research project “Wilhelm Joest and the Intimacies of Colonial Collecting” (Fritz Thyssen Stiftung, 2019-2023):

Cooperation: Department of Cultural and Social Anthropology, University of Köln; trandisciplinary platform Contemporary&


TRAVELLING, TRANSMISSION AND TRANSGRESSION – 3rd International Interdisciplinary Conference

February 16, 2023 to February 17, 2023


Deadliine for Submissions: January 31, 2023

Conference Online (via Zoom platform)

Scientific Committee:
Professor Wojciech Owczarski – University of Gdańsk, Poland
Professor Polina Golovátina-Mora – NTNU, Norwegian University of Science and Technology


          Experiencing one’s life as a perpetual change rather than something constant has become more and more frequent in the contemporary world. Travelling has gained new dimensions – it is no longer associated merely with tourism, but it often turns out to be a way of life or even a figure of human condition. The homo viator of our times intentionally moves from country to country, rents apartments and does not posses one, changes his or her occupations and work places, meets still new people and is generally well trained in being flexible, mobile, and open to metamorphoses. Travelling, in its both literal and metaphorical meaning, has much to do with transmission and transgression as it enables crossing the geographical, physical, cultural, social, and psychological borders. During our conference, we would like to discuss all these – and many other – aspects of travelling and transgressive experiences.​

           We want to describe those phenomena in their multifarious aspects: psychological, social, historical, cultural, philosophical, religious, political, and many others. We also want to devote considerable attention to how they appear in artistic practices: literature, film, theatre, or visual arts. That is why we invite researchers representing various academic disciplines, such as anthropology, history, psychology, psychoanalysis, sociology, politics, philosophy, literary studies, theatre studies, film studies, memory studies, gender studies, and postcolonial studies.​

           Different forms of presentations are encouraged, including case studies, theoretical investigations, problem-oriented arguments, and comparative analyses.​

            We will be happy to hear from both experienced scholars and young academics at the beginning of their careers as well as doctoral and graduate students. We also invite all persons interested in participating in the conference as listeners, without giving a presentation.

            We hope that due to its interdisciplinary nature, the conference will bring many interesting observations on and discussions about the role of travelling, transmission, and transgression in the past and in the present-day world.

            Our repertoire of suggested topics includes but is not restricted to:

I. Individual experiences

  • Travelling as a distraction
  • Travelling and tourism
  • Travelling as a way of life
  • Living in between
  • Liminal spaces
  • Limit situations
  • Transgressive experiences
  • Borderline personality
  • Travelling and cognition
  • Travelling and education
  • Travelling and spiritual growth
  • Solo travelling
  • Travelling and family life

II. Collective experiences

  • Travelling and multiculturalism
  • Transmission of cultural values
  • Travelling and tolerance
  • Travelling and xenophobia
  • Transgressive identity of societies
  • Travelling and migration
  • Forced travelling
  • Travelling and economy
  • Travelling and job market

III. Pandemic experiences

  • Travelling in the time of COVID-19
  • Isolation
  • Social distance
  • Motionlessness
  • Transmission of the virus

IV. Past experiences

  • History of travelling and tourism
  • Known travellers
  • Travelling and geographical discoveries
  • Travelling and colonialism
  • Travelling and time

V. Artistic experiences

  • Travel diaries
  • Travel as a literary motif
  • Travelling in Bildungsroman
  • Road movies
  • Travelling in the media
  • Travelling artists
  • Touring theatres
  • Touring exhibitions
  • Travel guidebooks

Please submit abstracts (no longer than 300 words) of your proposed 20-minute presentations, together with a short biographical note, by 31 January 2023 to:

Contact Info: 

Conference Office

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Exploring Conflict and Political Violence through the Woman’s Lens

Abstract Deadline–January 31, 2023

The peer-reviewed academic journal Acta Universitatis Carolinea – Studia Territorialia invites authors to submit articles for a special issue titled “Exploring Conflict and Political Violence through the Woman’s Lens: Victims, Mediators, and Resisters.”

Although both past and current armed conflicts have had deleterious consequences for women, this topic is still under-explored in academia. As Rehn and Johnson Sirleaf pointed out in 2002, “The situation of women in armed conflict has been systematically neglected.” This lacuna persists even though the experience of women during and after conflict is widespread. Russia’s war on Ukraine and the latest women-led uprising in Iran reinforce the urgency of engaging with women’s experiences during conflicts and post-conflict. The painful past of women affected by armed conflict and political violence is frequently overlooked in official memory and in the history of states for a variety of reasons.

Often, women’s voices and the memory of their ordeals during conflicts and in oppressive regimes are subsumed in a grand narrative of the suffering of the “whole nation,” which stifles the voices, testimonies, and claims of women victims, resisters, survivors, care givers, fighters, and mediators. Though men inarguably suffer greatly from the violence of political repression and armed conflict, women and girls are much more affected by sexual and psychological violence because they are regarded as repositories of ethnic and cultural identity. Moreover, women are exposed to manifold, intersecting forms of exclusion. Thus, women’s “aftermath” of conflict, as well as the burden of displacement, are experienced considerably differently than that of men. Although women are exposed to double or even triple jeopardy during and after conflicts and mass violence, their experiences nevertheless should not be exclusively viewed through a lens of victimhood. In that vein, we are looking for contributions that address all the dimensions of women’s victimhood but also their resistance to conflict and mass violence.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:
– Women soldiers
– Women heroes and resisters
– Women as caregivers during and after conflicts
– Women, anti-war protests, and peace movements
– Women as victims of political repression
– Wars, armed conflicts, and gender-based violence
– Gender-based violence as an occasion for solidarity across space and time
– Women perpetrators and collaborators in mass violence
– Women’s role in conflict mediation and post-conflict societies
– Womanism, feminism, and quiet diplomacy in post-conflict situations
– Gendered memories of refugees
– Feminism and societal body politics
– Feminism and international relations
– Feminist geopolitics of war
– Feminism in peace and conflict studies

Submitted articles should be in English and should ideally be 6,000 to 9,000 words long (excluding footnotes and abstract). Submissions should be sent to the journal’s editorial team at or uploaded via the Studia Territorialia journal management system. Authors should consult the submission guidelines on the journal’s website for further instructions and preferred style. All contributions will be subject to double-blind peer review.

Abstract submission deadline: January 31, 2023.
Notification of status and next steps: February 10, 2023.
Article submission deadline: April 15, 2023.

Acta Universitatis Carolinea – Studia Territorialia is a leading Czech peer-reviewed academic journal focusing on area studies. It covers the history and the social, political, and cultural affairs of the nations of North America, Europe, and post-Soviet Eurasia in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. The journal is published by the Institute of International Studies of Charles University, Prague. It is indexed in the SCOPUS, ERIH PLUS, EBSCO, DOAJ, and CEEOL databases and others.

Please feel free to direct all inquiries to the editors.

Contact Info: 

Lucie Filipova, Studia Territorialia executive editor

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Call for Papers: Autobiography

deadline for submissions:  February 1, 2023

Nesir: Journal of Literary Studies

Guest Editors:

Yalçın Armağan (Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, Istanbul)

Zeynep Zengin (Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, Istanbul)

Nesir: Journal of Literary Studies’ fourth issue is dedicated to the exploration of “autobiography,” a literary genre that stands between fiction and reality, subjectivity and objectivity, individualism and collectivism, and narrative and history. Having gained a central stage in the literary theories that emerged after the 1960s, autobiography is often informed by genre, text and cross-genre breedings, as it concerns itself with the experience, temporality, memory, remembrance and testimony. The issue aims to highlight all these concepts, which are explored by various theoretical schools and disciplines, in relation to autobiographical writing.

Against this background, the issue accepts submissions of articles, research notes, critical essays and book reviews written in English or Turkish until February 1st, 2023. The issue also welcomes translated articles (from Turkish into English and vice versa). All submissions should be done through the electronic submission page on the website

Potential topics include but are not limited to:

  • Autobiography as a literary genre
  • The question of cross-genre influences in autobiographies
  • The limits of I/life-narratives
  • Theories on autobiography
  • “Fictional selves” in autobiographical texts
  • Fiction in autobiography, autobiography in fiction
  • Representations of memory in autobiography
  • Experience, remembrance and testimony in autobiography
  • The literature of autobiography in Turkey
  • Autobiographic items in Ottoman literature (mecmuas, tezkires etc.)
  • Autobiograhy in modern Turkish literature
  • Comparative autobiography studies in world literature
  • Women’s experiences in autobiographies
  • Autobiography as a reading/textual contract
  • The crisis of subjectivity vs. objectivity in autobiographies

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES  All submissions should be done through the electronic submission page on the website Format/ Font: MS Word in Times New Roman 12 point (Chicago Manual of Style 17th Edition). All the papers must be original, unpublished and written within 3,000-7,500 words. An abstract in 75-150 words and 5-8 keywords should be embedded within the paper. Each paper should include a cover letter suggesting the name of the author, along with a brief bio, not exceeding 50 words. The name of the author and co-author (if any) must not be written or suggested anywhere except the cover letter. The paper should be original and must have a proper bibliography and work cited section. An acknowledgement shall be sent upon receipt. Any suggested revisions by the editor and peer reviewers must be returned in two weeks without delay. Simultaneous submissions are not allowed. 

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CALL FOR PAPERS: ‘Ethics and Expressions of Third-Generation Holocaust Storytelling’.
Ethical Space: The International Journal of Communication Ethics

Presently, the Holocaust dwindles on the edge of living memory. As the last Holocaust witnesses pass away, there is a sense of urgency and gravity for the third generation – that is, grandchildren of witnesses or people who are otherwise at a three-generation remove – who seek to preserve and share these stories, and who are the new custodians of this representative responsibility. Jilovsky defines the third generation as ‘the bridging generation … connecting lived memories of the past with people of the future, born after the last eyewitness has passed away’ (2015, p. 94). The ethical complexity surrounding the representation of Holocaust stories, the building of this figurative bridge between past and future, cannot be overstated.

The new millennium has seen a surge in literature by grandchildren of survivors, who are grappling with the residual lines of trauma, history and memory in their own lives and consciousness. Aarons writes that ‘This is a generation approaching the Holocaust from a position that is precariously balanced between proximity and distance, a position that characterizes this generation, this literature, the discourse about this literature, and the disposition of our time’ (2016, p. xvii). With each passing year the Holocaust recedes further into history, its memory and preservation increasingly vulnerable to denialism, mythology, and forgetfulness.

As a response to this climate of ethical precarity, misrepresentation and shaky ground we find ourselves in, this special issue of Ethical Space seeks to interrogate the ‘Ethics and expressions of third-generation Holocaust storytelling.’

Possible topics include but are by no means limited to:

  • Identifiable themes, techniques, or trends in third-generation texts
  • The Holocaust in contemporary culture and memory
  • The ethics of writing or engaging with survivor trauma
  • Artefacts and places as sites of third-generation understanding
  • Expressions of the Holocaust in life writing, poetry and/or fiction
  • Experiments in Holocaust writing
  • The role of postmemory and imagination in third-generation texts
  • The ethics of representing the dead 
  • Technology and innovation in Holocaust story preservation
  • Reflections on third-generation identity and purpose

We welcome abstracts of 250 words for scholarly articles and essays that explore the ethics and intentions of third-generation Holocaust storytelling, as crucial contributions to the global debate around preservation of traumatic histories. 

Submit abstracts by 1 February 2023

Full papers submitted by 1 September 2023. Papers should be 6000-7000 words in length. 

Please send abstracts and any queries to We look forward to reading all submissions!

Tess Scholfield-Peters
University of Technology Sydney

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POSTMEMORY AND THE CONTEMPORARY WORLD – 4th International Interdisciplinary Conference (Online)

deadline for submissions: February 5, 2023

Conference online (via Zoom): 23-24 February 2023

Scientific Committee:

Professor Wojciech Owczarski – University of Gdańsk, Poland
Professor Polina Golovátina-Mora – NTNU, Norwegian University of Science and Technology


​Coined by Marianne Hirsch in the 1990s, the term postmemory by now entered various disciplines who search to understand how memory form our identity and how we position, articulate or just make sense of our place in the society and our relations with it. The term postmemory problematizes the concept of memory by bringing attention to the memories that are not exactly personal but that keep on shaping one’s life and one’s  way of seeing the world.

       During our conference we would like to concentrate on the phenomenon of postmemory and how it keeps on shaping the contemporary world.

  We are interested in all aspects of postmemory: in its individual and collective dimensions, in the past and in the present-day world, and in its potential to direct the future. Whose memory is postmemory: that of generations, communities, nations or families? How is it maintained and passed on? What is the role of imagination in its creation? What is remembered and what is forgotten? Is it always the memory of traumatic experience? How can it be taught and studied? These are some of the questions that inspired the idea of the conference.

      We would like to explore the phenomenon of postmemory in its multifarious manifestations: psychological, social, historical, cultural, philosophical, religious, economic, political, and many others. As usual, we also want to devote considerable attention to how these phenomena appears in artistic practices: literature, film, theatre or visual arts. That is why we invite researchers representing various academic disciplines: anthropology, history, psychiatry, psychology, psychoanalysis, sociology, politics, philosophy, economics, law, literary studies, theatre studies, film studies, memory studies, migration studies, consciousness studies, dream studies, gender studies, postcolonial studies, medical sciences, cognitive sciences, and urban studies, to name a few.

  Different forms of presentations are encouraged, including case studies, theoretical inquiries, problem-oriented arguments or comparative analyses.

  We will be happy to hear from both experienced scholars and young academics at the start of their careers, as well as doctoral and graduate students.

      We also invite all persons interested in participating in the conference as listeners, without giving a presentation.

  Our repertoire of suggested topics includes but is not restricted to:

I.  Individual experiences:

  • Postmemory and trauma
  • Postmemory and recovery
  • Postmemory and imagination
  • Postmemory and artefacts
  • Postmemory and personal memories

II.  Collective experiences

  • Postmemory and its sources
  • Postmemory and mythology
  • Generational postmemory
  • Postmemory and social non-acceptance
  • Postmemory and solidarity
  • Postmemory and territory

III.  Remembering and Forgetting

  • Postmemory and forced forgetting
  • Postmemory and forced remembering
  • Teaching postmemory
  • Negotiating postmemory
  • Studying postmemory
  • Forgetting/remembering for recovery
  • Postmemory and its purpose
  • Postmemory and allegiances 

IV.  Representations

  • Testimonies and memories
  • Genres of Postmemory
  • Postmemory in literature
  • Postmemory in film
  • Postmemory in theatre
  • Postmemory in visual arts
  • Creating as experience
  • Postmemory and urban planning
  • Postmemory and urban art
  • Rural Postmemory
  • Postmemory in the nature
  • Materialism of postmemory
  • Nonhuman postmemory

V.  Feelings and Practices

  • Sadness of postmemory
  • Fear of postmemory
  • Postmemory and nostalgia
  • Postmemory and grief
  • Postmemory and loneliness
  • Postmemory and change
  • Living postmemory
  • Rituals of postmemory

VI.  Institutionalization

  • Postmemory and nation-state
  • Postmemory and identity politics
  • Postmemory and ideology
  • Postmemory and religion
  • Postmemory and punishment systems
  • Postmemory and army
  • Postmemory and school
  • Postmemory and museums
  • Monuments of postmemory
  • Sites and cities of postmemory
  • Economy of postmemory
  • Language of postmemory

VII.  The Contemporary World

  • Postmemory and postcomunism
  • Postcolonialism, decolonization and postmemory
  • Neoliberalism and postmemory
  • Postmemory and migration
  • Postmemory and globalization
  • Postmemory and nationalism
  • Postmemory and new media
  • Postmemory and political correctness
  • Postmemory and natural disasters

Please submit abstracts (no longer than 300 words) of your proposed 20-minute presentations, together with a short biographical note, by 5 February 2023 to:

For all details please visit our website:


Call for Papers:

“Disembodied Communications: Vulnerable Identities and Caring Connections in Literary Texts”
York EGSA Conference 2023 – May 12th, 2023

Deadline: February 3rd, 2023, 11:59 pm EST

Disembodiment is widespread in literature. In literary texts around the world, identities may lack physical forms, formerly embodied beings may abandon their bodies, body parts may be lost, disease or technology may invade the body, and organic property may transcend to a nonmaterial world. While being embodied may imply tangibility, visibility, familiarity and security, being disembodied can aptly imply other sides to these discussions: incorporeality, covertness, and vulnerability. More than this, (dis)embodied beings may lose grasp of or be made to feel like strangers in their own bodies, without autonomy or agency. Such feelings may result from oppression due to gender notions, racism, speciesism, ageism, classism, ableism, and various cultures of violence. The “dis” in “disembodiment” hints at the ways in which disparate physical forms and frames of mind can exist simultaneously. Concerns regarding feelings of (dis)embodiment can also call into question vulnerable identities. This conference seeks presentations that explore this interrelation between (dis)embodied communications and vulnerable identities, and what a presence or lack of care can suggest about these connections.  Nel Noddings argues that caring connections would be “interested in maintaining and enhancing caring relations—attending to those we encounter, listening to their expressed needs, and responding positively if possible” (13). When considering how exposure to such physical/mental disembodiments affect one’s sense of self and one’s voice, a humane response would evaluate how we can form caring connections with the vulnerable.

Some questions that this conference aims to address are as follows:

How do practices in disembodied communications contribute to feelings of vulnerability?
How can we consider feelings of and treatment towards autonomy, agency, and subjectivity of vulnerable, (dis)embodied beings?
How are such feelings addressed in literary texts?
How do literary texts demonstrate care toward the vulnerable?
How does a lack of care elicit feelings of compassion, action, and solidarity?

Various disciplines and practices have inscribed disembodiment and literary texts with particular interpretations, such as mind-body dualism; when each perspective is considered in isolation, such interpretations can be limited and imbalanced. Disembodied communications are manifested and easily interpreted in many fields of inquiry. Acknowledging these multiple interactions between (dis)embodiment and narrative,  this conference invites papers in any genre, period, or geographical space. Furthermore, (dis)embodiment presents itself in a diverse range of mediums. As such, a literary text, for the purpose of this conference, takes shape in many different forms: novels, graphic novels, short stories, poetry, film/television, nonfiction, theoretical works, memoirs and life writing, journalism, digital narratives, and other multimedia works.

Topics in literary texts that may be addressed include, but are not limited to, the following:
Discussions of human/nonhuman language in relation to (dis)embodiment
Discussions of race, gender, age, sexuality, disability, class, and/or species and how they create meaning regarding disembodiment and vulnerability
Virtual/digital communications, spaces, and realities
Prioritization of body language and other nonverbal communications
Posthuman/transhuman bodies
Transgenics, bodily modifications, and de-extinction
Narratives of absence, and how such marginalization can lead to (dis)embodiment
Ghost stories/narratives of hauntings
Communications within sonic communities
Dystopian control, apocalyptic oppression, and survivalism
Object-oriented approaches to disembodiment
Environmental narratives and rhizomatic communities
Representations of reproduction and children
Representations of cyborg/AI communications
Representations and discourses of monstrosity
Representations of pandemic-era narratives
Representations of “out-of-body” experiences
Representations of gaslighting and abuse in relation to feelings of (dis)embodiment
Representations of sensory and aesthetic (dis)embodiment

This conference is presented by the York University English Graduate Student Association. It will be in person, with a social event planned to take place following the conference, circumstances permitting. There is a possibility, however, that we will be able to accommodate remote presenters and encourage anyone who is interested to apply. If you can only present remotely, we please ask that you specify this with your submission. 

This conference welcomes submissions not only from graduate students/early-career researchers in English Literature but other related disciplines. Accordingly, our conference emphasizes inclusivity and respectful dialogue.

Abstracts between 200 – 350 words should be sent to by 11:59 pm EST on Friday, February 3rd, 2023. Please include a 50 – 100 word biographical note.

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CFP–The Joys and Challenges of Teaching Biographies

Deadline for Submissions: February 15

Dates of Conference: January 4, 2024 to January 7, 2024

We are seeking two additional panelists to join us for a roundtable session at the 2024 American Historical Association conference in San Francisco, entitled, “The Joys and Challenges of Teaching Biographies.”  The deadline for submissions is February 15, 2023.

History and biography are inextricably linked and yet many instructors of introductory undergraduate and advanced high school courses resist including them in their reading lists and overall course pedagogy.  The session will examine the ways in which biographies are and are not used in classrooms at both the college and high school levels.  We will focus on the benefits and limitations of the genre with an eye for including a variety of perspectives.  We seek to address questions such as, “Why do biographies appeal to students?” “Why don’t more classes utilize them?” “How can instructors compensate for periods with limited source materials?” “How can we manage the bias of hagiography?”

We (Dr. Nancy S. Kollmann of Stanford University, Dr. M.A. Claussen of the University of San Francisco and Derek Dwight Anderson of Marin Academy) are especially interested in the ideas and expereinces of historians teaching at all levels.  Those interested in participating as a panelist should contact Derek soon.

Contact Info: 

Derek Dwight Anderson, Marin Academy

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From Wine Moms to QAnon: The Violence at the Heart of White Women’s Lifestyle Culture
Deadline for Abstracts–February 15, 2023

Co-editors Anna Mae Duane, University of Connecticut & Elizabeth Marshall, Simon Fraser University

This proposed edited collection historicizes the harms leveled by the white middle class’s appropriation of Audre Lorde’s investment in self-care. More specifically, we consider how the aspirational empowerment and self-improvement industry has emerged as a force that obscures the violence embedded in individualism, neglects collective trauma, and negates the possibility of collective solutions. Inspired by Kyla Schuller’s observation that white women’s culture often “presents capitalism as the deliverer of equality” and thus obscures how how “capitalism is actually a chief engine of social harm,” we seek essays that explore how the white self- care/wellness industry—broadly defined from the eighteenth century to the present day—exerts a discipline that narrows the radical possibilities of what carework could mean, either for oneself, one’s family, or for one’s community.

Questions that guide the collection include:

·      What historical lineages does white women’s wellness culture draw upon? How do these histories contextualize current iterations of white women’s wellness culture?

·      Through what cultural apparatuses are the links between and among white women, wellness and violence produced?

·      How is white, privileged motherhood deployed within a capitalist framework to reassert domesticity/martyrdom?

·      How does the category of white, privileged motherhood enable the cultural work of white supremacy?

·      In what ways does the individualized work of wellness hide the violence of capitalism and resultant harms between and among women?

It is our goal to send a complete manuscript to a publisher in the fall of 2023.

Please send abstracts of between 250-500 words by Feb. 15th, 2023 to & A full draft (approximately 6,000 words) would be due by July 15th 2023.


Call for Papers: Teaching the American Essay

Deadline for Proposals: February 15, 2023

This call for papers invites proposals for a volume in the MLA Options for Teaching series entitled Teaching the American Essay, edited by Stephanie Redekop.

Teaching the American Essay seeks to provide undergraduate literature instructors with a range of classroom approaches, exercises, and assignments for teaching American essays as literary texts. It will complement existing volumes on using essays as compositional models in the writing classroom by collating strategies for teaching essays in American literature survey courses and special-topics seminars or in literature courses on nonfiction.

Essays today are hard to ignore: Rebecca Solnit has called ours an “essayistic age”; Christy Wampole has argued in the New York Times for the “essayification of everything”; Kara Wittman and Evan Kindley suggest that the essay is currently “experiencing something of a renaissance.” Indeed, interest in the essay genre is building among literary scholars, as illustrated by several important new volumes, including The Cambridge Companion to the Essay (2022), The Edinburgh Companion to the Essay (2022), On Essays (2020), and the forthcoming Cambridge History of the American Essay. What does it mean to read essays as literary texts, using methods of literary theory, history, or criticism? How do essays relate to or participate in broader trends in American literature, culture, and history? Alongside the wide range of dynamic approaches to these questions in literary scholarship, this volume will demonstrate ways that they can be framed and addressed in the literature classroom.

Essays have long been valuable teaching texts, with essayists like Gloria Anzaldúa, James Baldwin, Rachel Carson, Joan Didion, Frederick Douglass, W. E. B. Du Bois, Jonathan Edwards, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Benjamin Franklin, Margaret Fuller, Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, Zora Neale Hurston, Barry Lopez, Audre Lorde, Claudia Rankine, Leslie Marmon Silko, Susan Sontag, Henry David Thoreau, and David Walker frequently appearing on American literature syllabi. This volume will offer strategies that help support the use of essays as literary teaching texts, while also seeking to expand and diversify what Lynn Z. Bloom has identified as the classroom “essay canon.” Suggested topics include:

Formal and Generic Approaches to the Essay

  • Teaching subgenres such as the personal essay, nature essay, protest essay, travel essay, literary journalism, etc.
  • Using essays to explore definitions of fact, fiction, and creative nonfiction, or the boundaries of “the literary”
  • Reading “secondary sources” as literature; examining the genre of literary-critical or theoretical essays in the classroom

Teaching Essays and Essayists in Context

  • Essays’ relation to historical, literary, or theoretical trends in American literature; strategies for incorporating essays into courses, units, or lessons on specific historic moments or literary movements in the United States
  • Historicized or contextualized framings of specific essays or essayists
  • Studies of American essays’ cultural work for specific periods or publics

Classroom Methods and Assignments

  • Book history or media studies approaches to teaching essays in their print or publication contexts (e.g., in periodicals, anthologies, or online)
  • Assignments that allow students to consider how studying essays as a literary genre can shape their own writing; “essays on the essay”

Abstract proposals (300–500 words) and a short bio or CV should be e-mailed to Stephanie Redekop ( by 15 February 2023. Authors will be notified of initial acceptance by 30 April 2023. Pending peer review of the prospectus, completed essays of approximately 4,000 words will be due by 1 November 2023.


The 2023 TTU Symposium on “Pandemic, Environment, and Life Writing”

April 21-22, 2023

deadline for submissions: 

February 18, 2023

The Comparative Literature Program at Texas Tech University will host the 2023 symposium on “Pandemic, Environment, and Life Writing” on campus on April 21-22, 2023.

Keynote Speakers:

Dr. Jennifer Ho, Eaton Professor of Ethnic Studies and Director of the Center for

Humanities & the Arts, University of Colorado at Boulder

Dr. Laura Hyun Yi Kang, Professor of Gender and Sexuality Studies, University of

California at Irvine

Dr. Muhsin al-Musawi, Professor of Classic and Modern Arabic Literature and of

Comparative and Cultural Studies, Columbia University

Dr. Aretha Phiri, Associate Professor of English, University of Rhodes, South Africa

Dr. Jacqueline Kolosov, Professor of Creative Writing, Texas Tech University

Since the Covid-19 pandemic started in spring 2020, millions of people around the globe have perished, suffered from loss of health and loved ones, and struggled for survival on a day-to-day basis. As humanity exposes vulnerability before unpredictable natural and built environments, hate crime and anti-Asian racism have been on a dramatic rise. The situation has been exacerbated by the emergence of right-wing extremist groups around the globe from dictators in totalitarian regimes to elected nationalist leaders of Western democracies. Moreover, with the escalation of the tech war between the US and China into Cold War 2.0 and the on-going war between Russia and Ukraine, we are facing a possible apocalyptic scenario of nuclear devastation and World War III.    

In front of these multifarious threats and divisions, what is our common humanity? What role has life writing played in articulating and negotiating our humanity at different moments of crises across time and space? What kind of healing power can life writing generate? Why and how are telling and sharing of personal life narratives critical to our human survival and planetary future? This symposium not only looks for papers that explore life narratives in different aesthetic forms and representational modes from autobiography to autoethnography, from auto-graphics to biopic, but it also encourages presentations that critically historicize and investigate life writing in relation to geopolitics, ethics of science, trauma theories, racial formation analyses, gender performance discourses, and environmental and ecocritical studies. We also welcome readings in creative writing.   

Please send your 250-word abstract and 2-page C.V. and direct your questions to Dr. Yuan Shu ( The deadline for submission is February 18, 2023. You may choose either on-site or on-line format (cannot be switched). 


Call for Contributions: [Auto]biographical Writing, Fan Fiction and Education
Edited Collection
Abstracts Due March 1, 2023


German philosopher Wilhelm Dilthey noted the educational value of [auto]biographical writing as a means of understanding life, bound up in hermeneutic knowing:  an intuitive route to understanding based on our situated human-ness, rather than on knowledge based on certainty or probability (Friesen, 2020). Certainly, Dilthey was not the first to note this enduring pedagogical quality of the autobiography as, in the 18th century, Benjamin Franklin had already offered his autobiography as a model of a life “fit to be imitated” (cited in Jacobson, 2018). Although mimetic modelling and hermeneutic knowing cannot be easily reconciled, it is clear that both rely on a degree of introspection and introjection.
Fan fiction, on the other hand, is a fictional novum, which is closely linked to the genre of [auto]biographical writing. Amateur writers feel strongly linked to already established characters, placing them into new situations and, via their own understanding of the world, they write about the characters’ lives, loves and experiences in a speculative way. There is introspection here, in terms of the hermeneutic endeavour of interpreting the character via one’s own context and experience; and there is introjection as the writers seek to model the persona of the fictional character in their own writing.
In this proposed publication, we are seeking chapters which address the relationship between [auto]biographical writing and fan fiction, and both of these in relation to education. Suggestions for contributions include (but are not limited to):

  • Pedagogical uses of autobiography/fan fiction
  • Autobiography/fan fiction as pedagogical reduction
  • Self-reflection in autobiographical writing/fan fiction
  • Representation of identities/intersectional identities
  • Hermeneutic knowing and writing in autobiography/fan fiction

Although this work will consider autobiographical and fan fiction from an educational slant, contributions are not limited to scholarship in the field of education. Ideas from across disciplines are encouraged. Papers can be theoretical or empirical in scope.
If you are interested in contributing a chapter, please submit a 500 word abstract by March 1st 2023 to:
Nicola Robertson
Yueling Chen


Deadline for Submissions Mar. 15, 2023

Call for Abstracts: War Diaries: Ecologies of Post-war Reconstructions

Dr. Elisa Dainese (Georgia Tech) and Dr. Aleksandar Staničić (TU Delft)


Submission opens: December 15, 2022.

Submission deadline: March 1, 2023.

Pre-selection: March 15, 2023.

Tentative Workshop date: April 2023

The destruction of buildings and artifacts has shaped not only the physical attributes of the built environment but also societies, cultures, and entire civilizations across the globe—arguably, with zeal equal to their creative production. Modern-day annihilations of Aleppo and Homs, in Syria, and more recently Mariupol, Volnovakha, and many other towns, in Ukraine, illustrate the weaponization of art and architecture and connect it with a growing number of physical assaults and aggressions against entire populations, their cultural heritage, and spatial landmarks. The need to understand how cities, environments, and societies can recover efficiently and sustainably from such violence is dire.

When it comes to the impact of postwar reconstructions, however, existing research focuses mostly on specific and isolated fields, such as urbicide, military urbanism, semiotics of destruction, displacement and migrations, war economies, memorial studies, etc. In the first volume of War Diaries, subtitled Design after the Destruction of Art and Architectureand published in 2022 by the University of Virginia Press (, we focused on the role of artistic and architectural design and the field work of designers in the context of postwar reconstruction. Discussions following the publication of the book challenged ongoing debates on post-war rebuilding. They focused on the broader ecological impact of reconstruction and the interrelation between physical, social, and economic settings during recovery and renewal.

To address the gap, this call explores the rarely considered but complex ecologies and ecological entanglements emerging after violence and destruction. Ecological intricacies are understood as both richness and diversity of postwar reconstruction approaches, and include investigations on the environmental impact of human actions and the socio-spatial predicament in which different actors operate during recovery. More specifically, in the edited volume that will result from this call, we want to broaden the picture of postwar reconstruction and link the multiple settings and approaches in which rebuilding after violence operates. Future authors of War Diaries: Ecologies of Post-war Reconstructions are invited to investigate complex systems involving design recovery after the war and how they simultaneously address diverse factors, scales, milieus, and resources. The emphasis goes on the relational quality of reconstruction which connects environmental, social, and/or technological settings. Understood in its entirety, the book will consider the built environment as a canvas of various power-plays as well as the arena in which relationships combine to translate into complex postwar realities. Our long-term goal with this project is to test existing and create new urban development scenarios able to recover post-conflict contexts.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

  • the relation between environment, territory, and community, including the complexity of landscapes of destruction and extraction, border tensions in territory formations, and the entanglement of ecologies of resistance;
  • the intricacies between social, environmental, and economic milieus, including the frictions between professional expertise and forms of (re)construction labor, the linkages between the environmental inequality of rebuilding and social tolerance, and the crisis emerging from the clash of ecological processes of renewal and (geo)political histories;
  • the connection between body and environment, the violent confrontation of embodied knowledge and damaged landscapes, the biopolitics of recovery, the emergence of ecological tensions in recovered interiors;
  • the predicament of technology and media, their limitations, potential, and broader impact in conducting, researching and designing post-war ecologies of reconstruction.

We would like to invite authors to submit extended abstracts (between 500 and 1000 words). Proposals should be submitted no later than March 1, 2023, via the following email addresses: and . By March 15, 2023, the co-editors will inform the authors if their proposal is selected.

After abstracts are selected, authors will be invited to participate in an extended conversation on the book project which will set the base for a publication on ecologies of postwar reconstruction. This will be the third event that the authors have organized to promote the topic: the first event was in The Netherlands, at Delft Institute of Technology (June 20, 2022), the second event took place in Atlanta (USA), at the Georgia Institute of Technology (September 23, 2022).

Authors will be asked to prepare a 5 to 10-minute presentation on the main ideas of their proposal. Presentations will be followed by a group brainstorming session in which we will define more precisely the outline of the book. During the workshop, we will actively engage our authors in a conversation on the book project. We will also discuss a timeframe for publication of the entire manuscript. The modality of the meeting will be hybrid (virtual on zoom and in person; location tbd). Authors will work on the final papers for publication after the event and according to the feedback received.

Contact Info: 

Dr. Elisa Dainese (Georgia Tech, and Dr. Aleksandar Staničić (TU Delft,

Contact Email:



Trauma and Healing: Storying Lives, Literary Engagements, Entangled Memories
University of Tartu, Estonia, June 8 to 9, 2023
15th International Conference of the Estonian Association of Comparative Literature
Deadline for Submissions March 15, 2023

The conceptual framework of trauma has played an immense role in critical inquiry and memory studies for many decades. Russian full-scale military aggression against Ukraine that started on February 24, 2022 that has claimed the lives of thousands of civilians and has brought about the most extensive humanitarian crisis of the 21st century, forcibly displacing nearly half of the Ukrainian population, brings the notion of trauma into focus with particular urgency. Not only does it merit the revision of existing frameworks and approaches and weigh their applicability in the context of the massive impact of the war in Ukraine but it also calls forth the necessity of developing new frameworks and approaches of supporting coping and healing.
With a focus on both individual and collective memory, large-scale historical events as well as those concerning the commonplace contexts of everyday life, involving, for instance, domestic violence, sexual abuse and social marginalization, which are closely related to and depend on social and political regulations and cultural discourses, the development of trauma studies as a field of cultural enquiry has been shaped by a close affinity to the theoretical frameworks of psychoanalysis, post-structuralism and deconstruction. The universal applicability of such theoretical framework of has been called into doubt by scholars working on global, non-Western contexts who highlight the need to consider the ways in which cultural difference impacts the manner of mediating trauma. Among the current advancements within the more inclusive paradigm of trauma, approaches geared towards contributing to the process of healing from posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) play an increasingly important role.  
Sadly, traumatic experience continues to have devastating effect on the survivors and their family members and, in case of trauma brought about by large-scale historical events, the affected societies as a whole. The process of healing from PTSD and, in worse cases, c-PTSD (complex posttraumatic stress disorder) continues to be a long and complicated journey with high risk of trauma dominating the lives of the survivors if left unattended and passing on from generation to generation. For the conference, we welcome proposals attending to the possibilities of healing from and coping with traumatic experience with a focus on, but not limited to
Therapeutic mechanisms of literature and other modes of creative self-expression
Literary depictions of healing and recovery
Different modes and genres of storying life experience of traumatic nature
Cultural mediations of healing
Discursive constellations of trauma and memory
Postmemory and transgenerational trauma
Unattended trauma
The limits of representation and healing
Alternative vocabularies and discourses
A special section of the conference is dedicated to the war in Ukraine with a focus on representation of the experience of the war in literature, visual media and life writing.
The main working language is English, poster presentations are welcome also in Spanish, French or German.
Please send a proposal of 250-300 words and a short bio of about 100 words to
Panel proposals are also welcome. The deadline for panel proposals is March 15, 2023 and individual proposals March 25, 2023.  Acceptance notices will be sent by April 10, 2023.
There is no registration fee. The participants are kindly asked to arrange and cover their travel and accommodation. If necessary, conference organizers advise and assist in finding suitable arrangements.
On behalf of the organizing committee
Leena Kurvet-Käosaar
Associate Professor of Cultural Theory
Institute of Cultural Research, University of Tartu
The conference is supported by Baseline Funding Project for National Sciences nr PHVKU22922 22922 “Taking Shelter in Estonia. Stories of Ukrainians Fleeing form the War.”


Autotheory and Its Others

deadline for submissions: 

March 15, 2023

Edited Collection

Autotheory, an emergent discourse with historic precedents, lacks a stable definition. Recently, Lauren Fournier defined the term as “a self-conscious way of engaging with theory—as a discourse, frame, or mode of thinking and practice—alongside lived experience and subjective embodiment . . .” (Autotheory as Feminist Practice in Art, Writing, and Criticism). Yet there are as many approaches to autotheory as there are autotheorists. From a recognizable aesthetic in artistic practices to a more scholarly methodology, autotheory remains a shapeshifter.

Autotheory can be understood as a methodology rather than as a final result or a specific aesthetic. It is first and foremost an opportunity for a maker (i.e., a writer, a researcher, or an artist) to make sense of reality through a profound, embodied, and possibly speculative processing of theory and art in order to better open up past, present, and future worlds. An acknowledgement of those fields implies an acceptance of others, their realities, and their sense-making attempts. Thus, autotheory is not the act of pinning a loose reference to theory on one’s chest like an honorary medal. Instead, it needs the tangible, sizable presence of the other/s to confront, expand, and contextualize the auto-, and vice versa. 

We can also approach autotheory as a scholarly genre itself, mixing one’s lived experience with a thoroughgoing engagement with and reflection on theory and art in all its iterations. Although autotheory is an example of what Michel Foucault called “technologies of the self”—a discursive practice, an exercise in shaping one’s life, and a form of pedagogy in the same way that Roland Barthes understood his lecture courses at the Collège de France as a form of paideia, “an introduction to living, a guide to life” (The Neutral)—it is best understood as a practice in which theory and art are not used as a reassuring mirror, a form of self-fashioning, but rather as a catalyst in a project of unlearning and undoing, of becoming other. Such a practice can be found not only in current manifestations of autotheory but also in its predecessors, i.e., in traditions such as romanticism, decadent aestheticism, existentialism, psychoanalysis, and surrealism: currents that tried to understand and galvanize everyday experiences by exploring other ways of doing, feeling, and thinking. 

The preceding offers a framework for a multi-author collection tentatively entitled Autotheory and Its Others. Punctum Books has expressed early interest in the proposed collection. With editors working from both sides of the Atlantic—Eric Daffron and Becky McLaughlin from the U.S. and Maria Gil Ulldemolins and Kris Pint from Europe—this collection will serve as a testing ground for those definitions while providing space for work that expands and even challenges them. We invite practicing autotheorists to plot its different manifestations and roots. Different realities will require different encounters. What do the latter entail? Who is invited? How does the very definition of the self change depending on context? How does the understanding of the other/s change in different contexts? How do the less academic forms of knowledge, the more local, vernacular, and folkloric branches of culture, appear in autotheoretical practices? What can we learn from these engagements? We seek texts of all sorts—scholarly, creative, theoretical, and pedagogical—that pose and/or reflect on these questions in order to widen the understanding of not only what autotheory is but also what it can do. And, considering the rich legacy of autotheory’s predecessors, biographical, historical, and critical studies of figures whose artistic, pedagogical, and theoretical practices might now be retroactively regarded as autotheory are also welcome.

Possible topics include but are not limited to the following:

Autotheory and its others:

Autotheory in the classroom

Autotheory and collaboration

Autotheory and its predecessors

Autotheory and the self as an/other

Autotheory and self-experimentation/transformation

Autotheory and its discontents:

Autotheory and confession

Autotheory and alienation

Autotheory and authenticity

Autotheory and solipsism

Autotheory and ego discourse

Autotheory and its genres and modes:

Autotheory and life-writing

Autotheory and autofiction

Autotheory and the lyric essay

Autotheory and performance

Autotheory and visual art

Autotheory and its preoccupations:

Autotheory and sexuality

Autotheory and race

Autotheory and trauma

Autotheory and human rights

Autotheory and climate crisis

Autotheory and its practitioners:

Autotheory and Roland Barthes

Autotheory and Hélène Cixous

Autotheory and Michel Foucault

Autotheory and Gloria Anzaldúa

Autotheory and bell hooks

Please send proposals of 500 words and a brief CV to Becky McLaughlin at the University of South Alabama ( with “Autotheory” as the subject line. Deadline for receipt of proposals is March 15, 2023. Accepted papers will typically run between 6,000 and 8,000 words, but the editors will entertain somewhat shorter pieces on a case-by-case basis. We especially invite persons from underrepresented groups to contribute to this collection. 


CFP André Gide and 20th-Century Autobiography

MLA Philadelphia (1/4-7/2024)

deadline for submissions: 

March 17, 2023

For the centennial of Si le grain ne meurt we welcome papers on Gide’s autobiographical writings, potentially alongside works by his contemporaries (Colette, Proust…). 250-300-word proposals in French or English to by 17 March 2023.

This session is organized by the Association des Amis d’André Gide at the Modern Language Association Convention (4-7 January 2024, Philadelphia)


Exile at State U: Stories from the Outer Edges of Academe

Deadline for Submissions–EXTENDED DEADLINE April 1, 2023

Seeking abstracts for an edited collection of essays about life on the tenure track, especially for those working in the humanities and social sciences at non-R1 colleges and universities.

Because full-time, tenure-track jobs in the humanities and social sciences are hard to come by, we are often told to be grateful and to be quiet. And indeed, there is much to be grateful for and relatively little to shout about. But there are still important stories to be told, and relatively little nonfiction has been written about the subtle but life-changing personal and professional vicissitudes of a career spent in the academic hinterlands of branch state campuses and non-elite private colleges. Especially for those from highly rated grad programs, often in metropolitan locales, a career in a rural area or small town is an eye-opening and life-altering experience.

The goal of the collection is to tell it like it is, warts and all. Essays should be autobiographical, not scholarly, and can be focused on a particular career episode (and thus relatively short) or broader in scope and longer in length. The most important thing is to be compelling, or at least interesting. Humor is more than welcome. Writers are welcome to publish under a pseudonym, or anonymously.

Possible topics or areas of focus

–job application process: interview and campus visit stories; first impressions; deciding whether to take the job

–on the tenure track: the challenges (or lack thereof) of meeting tenure and promotion requirements; interactions with other faculty, administrators, community members; networking and conferences; deciding to stay or leave

–community in exile: relationships with colleagues; relations with neighbors; location details

–after tenure/the middle years: career evolution; putting down roots, professionally and personally; non-academic pursuits; changing jobs

–toward retirement: taking stock; successes and regrets

Please email 1-2 pp. abstracts and a short bio or CV to by April 1, 2023.

Contact Info: 

Douglas Higbee

Department of English

University of South Carolina, Aiken

Contact Email:

Contact Info: 

Douglas Higbee

Professor of English

University of South Carolina, Aiken

Contact Email:



Imprisoned ‘Self’: Narratives of Loss, Guilt, Transformation

Journal of Comparative Literature and Aesthetics (JCLA)

Guest Editor: Ayan Chakraborty (Jawaharlal Nehru University, India)

Prison narratives have, quite recently, emerged as an exciting genre of literary studies in academia. While the concept of imprisonment has always invited a substantial focus within sociological studies, it had marginally to do either with the deeper exploration of the ‘imprisoned self’ or the ‘narratology’ (the logic of the narrative) about the experiences recorded by the prisoner. With life in the prison succeeding in drawing interest from literary critics, different approaches have been proposed to study language and experiences (in terms of wording) to look at the representation of the self and the various expressions of pain, agony, guilt, transformation, and even liberation. Some of them consider looking at these narratives from a more political understanding of the ‘imprisoned self’ about society and power, while a few others explore how language mediates between the author’s ‘reflection’/ ‘realization’ of their self through deeply intense drives like those of melancholia, loss, and suffering or glimpses of transcendental joy that creates a deeper understanding of the ethereal and the personal.

The model of the prison has changed over the centuries. While in the European continent, prisons were directly an expression of the ‘will’ of the monarch, it had much to do with the relations of sovereignty and law. However, it is interesting to note that, as Thomas S Freeman points out in his “The Rise of Prison Literature,” prisons of the middle ages and early modernity were structural edifices that symbolized an offense against the divine through a violation of the ‘law’ of the monarch itself (the monarch being a representative of divinity on earth). The prisoner was, therefore, equivalent to the status of a heretic. Similar ideas can be found within Southern and Central Asiatic regions as well. With the rise of the liberal state, the prisoner was depicted as an ‘outlaw,’ an embodiment of violence and violation of the generic social imagination and to ‘social contract’ in particular. Michel Foucault, in his seminal The Birth of the Prison, delineates how the system of control and incarceration shifted in its objective and technique from the body and the ‘spectacle’ to the ‘mind’ and the need for ‘secrecy.’ Through a system, the prisoner’s self is inevitably a part of political interpellation, marginality, and social gaze. These ideas, though sociological, become an integral part of the prisoner’s self in their understanding of society and their relation to it. Hence, the prisoner, in all personal experiences, is a political being.

As much as narratives from political prisoners, revolutionaries, and victims of racial, sexual, colonial, and economic conflicts have recorded intense moments which look at the ‘dissolution’ of the self under psychological crisis, there are instances that constructed a metaphysical idea of the ego of the prisoner that almost absorbed the world into a supernatural unity. These narratives, in their structure and intention, vary radically across symbols and semantics. This issue calls for papers that engage with language, experience, and the self (of the prisoner), study nuances of intention and expression, and explore the relation between a private subject under political scrutiny through prison narratives.

To contribute to this special issue, please submit the full manuscript of your article (no less than 4,000 words) with a short author’s bio to the guest editor Ayan Chakraborty at, with a copy to You are welcome to ask any questions about submission or the topic you will select.

Important Dates: 

Submission deadline: 31st March 2023;

Decision of acceptance: 30th April 2023;

Publication of the issue: Autumn 2023/ Winter 2023.


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Call for Papers

Urban Lives: Amsterdam Diaries and Other Stories of the Self

Conference held at the University of Amsterdam, 26 – 28 October 2023
Deadline for Submissions  April 1, 2023

In October 2025, Amsterdam will celebrate its 750th anniversary. In light of this upcoming celebration, two of the city’s institutes of higher education, the University of Amsterdam and the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, are inviting academics, artists, and others to share their research and knowledge on one particular topic: Amsterdam diaries and other stories of the self. We are in particular focusing on Amsterdam-based self-narratives across the centuries, told by ‘ordinary individuals’, such as diaries and memoirs. We want to examine what it was like to live in the city, to study, work and go out, engage with other people, find places where one belongs (or perhaps feels excluded), and to move through its streets. Given the city ́s long history of migration, the conference seeks to account for the life stories of people with diverse backgrounds in order to study, for example, how migrants have narrated their experiences in this city: how do they tell stories of the place of arrival, their first impressions, chances, challenges and restrictions of this new environment?
Through the theme of Amsterdam life stories, we will further explore the various ways in which the city is manifest in self-representations, whether as a socio-economic space, a cultural environment, a historical setting or otherwise. How do people engage with the city’s history and geography; with texts, imagery and discourses about Amsterdam; with its architecture; and with the life stories of citizens from the past, such as Rembrandt, Spinoza, Anne Frank, Anton de Kom? How does their street and neighborhood relate to forms of self-fashioning and identity-construction? And how do people narrate changes in the city, caused by war, crisis, or environmental conditions, that affect their everyday lives and life-trajectories?
It is our goal to explore the life stories which can be found in diaries, letters, memoirs, graphics, sound recordings, or stories told to relatives and researchers. Jointly, we aim to discuss what these stories (and their interpretations) can tell us about the way individuals and groups have perceived and experienced the city of Amsterdam throughout the centuries – and which modes and forms of self-expression are practiced. In that sense, we will explore how the collection of such personal stories can construct a new and diverse ‘biography’ of the city.
We further want to bring together experts from life writing studies and urban history. Both fields of study have gained prominence in the humanities and social sciences in recent decades, but their crossovers are still under-explored in scholarly research. It is our aim to stimulate dialogue and open up new avenues for studying how the city shapes the self, and how life stories and self-constructions shape the city.
The conference encourages dialogues across boundaries of theory, methodology, genre, place, and time. Possible themes the speakers can focus on are:

• Coming of age in Amsterdam
• Feelings of (non-)belonging
• Places of arrival
• Intercultural encounters and connections
• Experiences of particular places, such as the harbour, Central Station, parks, and markets
• Cultural traditions and practices of self-narration (in for example Christian and Muslim cultures)
• Collective rituals and commemorations
• Visual and textual expressions of city life
• The uses of self-narratives in secondary and higher education; in museums
• Amsterdam-based scientists: their personal experiences in the city and in public debates
• Policies and practices of making the city’s collection of diaries more inclusive and diverse?
• Notions of home and home-making practices in life writing
• The potential of Digital Humanities to store and map historical information about diaries and diarists in its spatial and temporal context
• Theoretical approaches to the intersections of life writing and (urban) life narratives
• Diaries and their (lack of) references to daily urban life
• The collection of urban life narratives and issues of in- and exclusivity

The conference will feature panel sessions, a round-table session, keynote presentations, and possibly performances, a city excursion, and a museum visit.

The conference languages are English and Dutch.
All presenters must submit a max. 300-word abstract and a 150-word bio. The abstract and bio may be written in English or Dutch.

            Presentations which are (almost) ready to be published shortly after the conference may be selected for a volume to appear during the festivities of October 2025.
Please submit your abstract before Wednesday, 1 April 2023 using the following mail address:

Organizing committee:

Babs Boter, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Barbara Henkes, Guest researcher at the University of Groningen
Ernestine Hoegen, Independent researcher
Marleen Rensen, University of Amsterdam
Leonieke Vermeer, University of Groningen


Deadline for Submissions April 1, 2023

International Research in Children’s Literature

Special issue: Children at War: From Representation to Life Narrative 

Editors Maciej Wróblewski (Nicolaus Copernicus University, Poland) 

Kate Douglas (Flinders University, Australia) 

The twentieth and twenty-first centuries have been characterized by war and military conflict, from the Great War, WWII, Korean War, Vietnam War, through to the War in Afghanistan, Somali Civil War, Yugoslav Wars, War in Rwanda, Iraq War, Syrian Civil War, Russia-Ukraine war. These events have resulted in an overwhelming loss of lives. 

According to UNICEF, children are routinely affected more seriously than adults during wartime: 

From widespread killing, maiming, abduction and sexual violence to recruitment into armed groups and strikes on schools and hospitals, as well as essential water facilities – children living in conflict zones around the world continue to come under attack at a shocking scale. Today, one in four children live in a country affected by conflict or disaster. . . 1 

In the media, and in film and literature, the child has become a complex emblem for the futility of war and military conflict. The child is also the catalyst for intervention – for instance, as adults deploy cultural representations to draw attention to injustices affecting children. 

There have been many fictional representations of children’s experiences of war, particularly in film, children’s book and in YA literatures. In such instances, adult authors come to speak, feel, and dream on behalf of young people. Here, we see a literary field created for young people by adult writers. The Western tradition of children’s literature, directly linked to education and teaching systems and values, directs the patterns of children’s literatures. 

However, historically, children have been significant first-person witnesses during wartime. Non-fictional or life narrative genres such as diaries, letters, and more recently social media, have shown a plethora of child and youth-authored texts to show us something of young people’s experiences of war and conflict across the globe. Prominent examples include Anne Frank (and many other young diarists from World War II whose writing has been anthologized; for instance, see Zapruder, Wróblewski); child soldier memoirists of the 2000s; and most recently child activists Malala Yousafzai, writing about conflict in Pakistan, and Bana Al Abed, whose frontline Twitter narrative offers eyewitness testimony on Syrian war (Douglas; Douglas and Poletti). Our understanding of, and increased attention to, child and youth-authored texts about war reflects more general cultural shifts in the notion of childhood and the importance of children as social actors whose experiences and narratives must be heard and recorded in history (Douglas and Poletti; Gilmore and Marshall). This special issue of International Research in Children’s Literature invites papers that explore the diverse ways in which children and youth are represented, or represent their own experiences, of war and military conflict (broadly conceived). Possible topics for discussion include, but are not limited to: 

• Discussions or case studies representing particular young authors or texts of war/military conflict. 

• The life narrative forms and genres that young authors use in order to narrate their experiences of war. 

• The role of social or digital media in creating new spaces for young authors to witness war and military conflict. 

• How do children/youth negotiate or represent trauma in writing about war/military conflict? 

• The role of controversy and hoax in the representation of war and military conflict. 

• The representation of adults by young authors. 

• Methods for reading life narrative texts of war/military conflict authored by children and youth. 

• Representations of war/military conflict in children’s literatures written by adults. 

• Representations of war/military conflict in film and television texts about or for children. 

Please send a 300 word abstract to Maciej Wróblewski (, Kate Douglas (, and Roxanne Harde (rharde@ by 1 April 2023. Complete manuscripts (7000 words) will be due 1 August 2023. 

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Kate Douglas (she/her) Professor of English
College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences
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CALL FOR PAPERS: Creativecritical Writing Now 
A Special Issue of TEXT Journal of Writing and Writing Courses  
Deadline for Submissions: April 14, 2023

This Special Issue aims to explore forms of, and approaches to, creativecritical writing: writing which performs scholarly and creative functions simultaneously. Such blended approaches are no longer new—indeed, they are tracking distinct paths and uses in various contexts inside academia and beyond. As such, this Special Issue will take stock of the current nexus between the creative and the critical, as well as speculate on future conceptions of hybrid creative writing /scholarship.   
The creativecritical mode has a long lineage across fictocritical, autotheoretical and ethnographic writing, as well as creative nonfiction and the essay form. Recently, creativecritical writing has gained popular currency, as evidenced by the work of Rebecca Solnit, Anne Carson, and Maggie Nelson. It is also attracting critical momentum, most noticeably at doctoral level, where, as Kylie Cardell and Kate Douglas note, ‘Many postgraduates [in Life Writing] are engaging in projects where the creative and critical/exegetical are an integrated text’ (207–208). In this Special Issue of TEXT, we invite articles (of roughly 6-8,000 words) that engage with the functions, processes, poetics and ethics of creativecritical writing in its many forms (creative nonfiction, fiction, academic writing, poetry/poetics, testimony and more). These engagements should constellate, in order to ask: Where are we now, and what is next for creativecritical writing? We hope to encourage a compiling of the essayistic, the fictocritical, life writing, the seamless, and more, to assess how the exegesis—and creative writing as research more broadly—might be conceived through a creativecritical lens.  
Potential contributors might like to consider:   

  • What creativecritical writing approaches do within research? (And, what have they done, where are we now, and where we are going?)   
  • Creativecritical possibilities for the exegesis, and questions regarding what counts as scholarly output (E.g., what creative writing might do to shift the lexical possibilities of scholarly work; how it can work within institutions). Articulating the role of the exegesis, creative exegetical forms, teaching/doing exegetical writing.  
  • Creativecritical approaches as indicative/supportive of new vistas in representation, such as embodied thinking or non-dualistic approaches. (What kind of work is necessary at this juncture? How do thought/body/lived experience interact with scholarly forms? How can life writing operate as scholarship?)  
  • The critical power in creative work, and the inherent criticality of creative expression. (What is creative and what is critical? How can the ‘ancient quarrel’ (Brien and Webb 2012) between poetry and philosophy be re-visited? Is creative work possibly critical work?)  
  • The popular turn towards the creativecritical  
  • The difference,in creative writing scholarship, between explaining the work and the work being research  
  • The lineage of creativecritical forms: fictocriticism, art writing, autoethnography, essay  
  • The ethics of creativecritical writing   
  • Potential forms and approaches to writing that makes and considers/reflects/thinks  
  • Hybridity in academic writing  
  • The essay and essayism in scholarly contexts; Braided writing and blended forms  

How to submit your expression of interest:   
Please submit a 200-word Expression of Interest by email to StefanieMarkidis and Daniel Juckes with ‘Creativecritical Writing Now’ as the subject line. In your EOI please outline how your paper or work(s) explore(s) aspects of the creativecritical mode. Please also include the following information: your full name, institutional affiliation (if any), email address, title of paper/work, brief biography (50–100 words), and 3 to 5 keywords (at least 2 of which should clearly relate to the issue’s title). Deadline for EOIs: April 14, 2023. Deadline for finished works: June 30, 2023.   
Enquiries: Daniel Juckes ( or Stefanie Markidis (   

Dr Daniel Juckes (he/him/his)
Lecturer (Creative Writing)
Associate Editor, Westerly Magazine
English and Literary Studies, School of Humanities  •  M204, Perth WA 6009 Australia
+61 8 6488 2066  •  E


Translating Travel Writing in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries

French/British Connections/Continuums

Centre de Recherches sur les Littératures et la Sociopoétique (CELIS)

Institut d’Histoire des Représentations et des Idées dans les Modernités (IHRIM)

Société d’étude de da Littérature de Voyage du Monde Anglophone (SELVA

19th-20th October, 2023

Maison de Sciences de l’Homme 



Translators and travellers have largely been understood as similarly negotiating interstitial textual and geographic spaces and places. Tim Youngs’s conception of travellers and translators as “figures moving between cultures, not quite or wholly belonging to any one exclusively[1]”is particularly pertinent from this standpoint, as is Susan Pickford’s identification of both translation and travel writing as prime sites for “ideologically motivated textual manipulation”.[2] Thus, the study of the translation of travel texts may not be understood in what Jeff Morrison describes as “narrow, linear, national terms”.[3]

In histories of translation, theoretical and transnational stances have of course received sustained attention over the years (see Michael Cronin for example). Building on perspectives which Martin and Pickford have developed in their work[4], this conference will seek to consolidate their partial focus on cross-channel, British and French theoretical and operational approaches to the translation of travel texts relating to real or fictional journeying but also to treatises/pamphlets on the necessity, act and/or nature of travel itself.

How these travel text translations contributed to shaping international relations between the two countries in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and how they participated in the linkages and connections forged by cultural transfers will be the focus of this conference. The relationships established between the travellers and their translators, if any; the identities and literary, scientific or professional credentials of each; how they approach their “translatorship”; how “translation flows”[5] speak to the equilibrium of cultural relations, are just some areas of interest. Other fruitful approaches might engage with how women progressively took up translation tasks. Alison E. Martin’s 2010 study of European women who “cast themselves as intellectually enquiring, knowledgeable and authoritative figures in their translations”[6] of scientific travel writing at the end of the eighteenth century is just one extremely useful starting point for further enquiry into diverse types of travel writing, fictional, philological, exploration and/or mercantilist narrative, etc.

Book and reception history perspectives are also welcome, addressing the problematics of who published these translations, of how they were made available (circulating libraries, shilling parts, subscriptions), of who read them, and of how “Belles infidèles” traditions fared in terms of circulation and reception as reactions to them became rather more guarded.

Proposals from modern-day translators of eighteenth and nineteenth-century travel texts would also be very welcome.

Plenary speakers: Ruth Menzies (Aix-Marseille Université) and Marius Warholm Haugen (Norwegian University of Science and Technology).

Deadline for submission of 250-word proposals for 25-minute papers: April 30th, 2023. Please send your proposals as well as a short biographical notice to the two conference organisers below.

Notification of acceptance: 31st May, 2023

Conference organisers

Sandhya Patel (UCA, IHRIM) :

Anne Rouhette (UCA, CELIS) :

Scientific committee

Gabor Gelleri, University of Aberystwyth

Pierre Lurbe, Université Paris Sorbonne

Susan Pickford, University of Geneva

Jean Viviès, Université Aix-Marseille

[1] Tim Youngs, The Cambridge Introduction to Travel Writing, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2013, p.10.

[2] Susan Pickford, “Travel Writing in Translation” in Barbara Schaff, Handbook of British Travel Writing, De Gruyter, 2020.

[3] Alison Martin and Susan Pickford, Travel Narratives in Translation, 1750-1830: Nationalism, Ideology, Gender, Routledge, 2012, p.51.

[4] See Travel Narratives in Translation, 1750-1830, op. cit.; “Translating 18th and 19th-Century European Travel Writing,” InTRAlinea, 2013.

[5] See Christopher Rundle, The Routledge Handbook of Translation History, 2021.

[6] Alison E. Martin, “Outward bound: women translators and scientific travel writing, 1780–1800, Annals of Science, 73, 2, 2016, p.1.

Contact Info: 

Conference organisers

Sandhya Patel  :

Anne Rouhette :

Contact Email:


Call for Papers

‘Dieu et mon droit (God and my right)’: representations of the British royal family in popular culture

deadline for submissions: 

June 30, 2023

PopCRN (the UNE Popular Culture Network) are exploring the concept of royalty with a virtual symposium focused on the representations of the British royal family in popular culture to be held online on Thursday 28th & Friday 29th September 2023.

The British monarchy has played a leading role in various ways over the last millennium of world history and as such have been frequently depicted in popular culture from the plays of Shakespeare to the extensive coverage in popular magazines.

We welcome papers from researchers across the academic spectrum, and encourage papers from postgraduate researchers and early career researchers. Presenters will have the opportunity to publish a refereed book chapter in a book published in 2024.

Topics can include, but are not restricted to:

  • We are not amused – Royal reactions to popular events
  • In the words of one of my more sympathetic correspondents, it has turned out to be an annus horribilis – The intersections of the private and public lives of royalty
  • I do not want a husband who honours me as a queen, if he does not love me as a woman – Love and British royalty
  • I’d like to be queen of people’s hearts – The rhetorical power of royal themes
  • The king is dead, Long live the king – British royals past, present and future
  • I think the relations between the monarchy and the press is very much a two-way street. Anthony Holden – Reporting the royals
  • Spencer – Diana and the gothic
  • Diana, The peoples’ princess – Royalty and celebrity
  • The real intelligence in the royal family comes through my parents to Prince Philip and the children. (Lord Mountbatten) – Celebrity royal children
  • The Crown – Royal representations in film and television
  • Princess for a day – Royal wedding dresses and royal wedding culture
  • I myself prefer my New Zealand eggs for breakfast (Queen Elizabeth II) Royal food and wine
  • Fashioning a Queen – Royal fashion, then and now
  • Men fight wars. Women win them – The powerful Queen in the patriarchal institution
  • I know what my job was; it was to go out and meet the people and love them. (Princess Diana) – The working royal
  • The important thing is not what they think of me, but what I think of them – Royal views of the general public
  • I know I have but the body of a weak and feeble woman; but I have the heart of a king, and of a king of England, too – Representations of royal gender
  • A horse, a horse, my kingdom for a horse – Shakespearian depictions of royalty
  • All my birds have flown – The ridiculed royal
  • I have as much privacy as a goldfish in a bowl. (Princess Margaret) – The public gaze and celebrity
  • Let not poor Nelly starve – Royal mistresses
  • Alvanley, who’s your fat friend? – Royalty and friends
  • Was ‘arold, with eyeful of arrow,  On ‘is ‘orse, with ‘is ‘awk in ‘is ‘and – Representations of royalty in folktales
  • You have sent me a Flanders mare ­– Royal marriages of convenience in popular culture
  • I find doing speeches nerve wrecking (Kate Middleton) – Performing royalty
  • I have found it impossible to carry the heavy burden of responsibility and to discharge my duties as king as I would wish to do without the help and support of the woman I love – The reluctant royal
  • When I am dead and opened, you shall find ‘Calais’ lying in my heart – Royal concerns of conquest and loss
  • Camelot – The American fixation with the British Royals
  • It is as Queen of Canada that I am here. Queen of Canada and all Canadians, not just one or two ancestral strains (Queen Elizabeth II) – The Royals in the colonies
  • You have to give this much to the Luftwaffe: when it knocked down our buildings it did not replace them with anything more offensive than rubble. We did that. (Prince Charles) – The Royals and war
  • For Portraits to Pop – Queen Elizabeth as a cultural icon
  • Value for money – The Royals and the British economy
  • Royal fever – The Royals and consumer culture
  • They’re changing guards at Buckingham Place – The Royals in children’s literature
  • For a time during the 1980s the Royal Family were not just the most influential family in Britain but probably in Europe and Prince Charles specifically was very much like a defacto Cabinet member and what he said actually had impact on public policy (Andrew Morton) – The Royals and No. 10
  • I should like to be a horse (Queen Elizabeth II) – British royals and animals
  • One day I’m going up in a helicopter and it’ll just blow up. M15 will do away with me. (Princess Diana). Royal conspiracies
  • The state is nothing but an instrument of oppression of one class by another – no less so in a democratic republic than in a monarchy. (Friedrich Engels) – The royals and the British class system

Please email abstracts (200 words) to by 31/6/23. Please include your name, affiliation, email address, title of paper and a short biography (100 words). Registration is free.


Deadline for Submissions July 7, 2023

International Auto/Biography Association Asia-Pacific Conference 2023  

26th-28th Sept 2023 (online conference) 

“Life Narrative in Unprecedented Times: Writing the Unexpected, Narrating the Future”.  

The pandemic has functioned as a reminder of the importance of life storying and testimony as records of experience, as information sharing, or as creative engagement. This conference explores the ways momentous events shape life narration in the past, now, and for the future, for instance, the role of journalism in circulating personal stories, understanding of the impacts of mental health, and a renewed engagement in family and community histories. Each of these themes has been particularly notable during COVID-19. We invite proposals that address life narratives at unprecedented times, but also how life narrative is located by recent histories in diverse contexts and temporality.  

The conference welcomes critical and creative responses including, but not limited to, the themes outlined below:  

*narrating ‘the new normal’ 

*disrupted/stalled futures 

*national/ regional/ local life narratives  

*narrating isolation/ lockdown  

*non-human and post-human lives, particularly connections during COVID/isolation 

*illness narratives  

*stories of grief and loss  

*ageing and storytelling  

*life narrative as record-keeping  

*memorabilia, materials and objects  

*social media / the rise of TikTok  

*children and youth as life narrators  

*Reality television, trends and shifts  

*non-fiction podcasts  

*travel narratives/post-COVID  

*genre shifts (journalism, the essay)  

*narratives of work and employment  

Papers will be 10-15 minutes in length.  

Proposals of 300 words + bios of 50 words should be sent to by 7th July 2023. 


Kate Douglas (she/her) Professor of English
College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences
+61 402440223


Deadline for Submissions July 15, 2022

Hegemony and peripherality in autobiographical writings:
texts, contexts, visibility
XXII Symposium of the Osservatorio scientifico
   della memoria autobiografica scritta, orale e iconografica                                                             
Academia Belgica, Via Omero 8
5, 6, 7 December 2023
Promoted and organized by:
Mediapolis.Europa ass. cult.
and by
Grupo de Investigación “Lectura, Escritura, Alfabetización” (LEA), Universidad de Alcalá
Seminario Interdisciplinar de Estudios sobre Cultura Escrita (SIECE), Universidad de Alcalá

Nowadays, great store is set on autobiographical – and more generally private – documentation. In the past decades, archives for the preservation of documents have multiplied, while it seems to us that studies aimed at examining their forms remain less satisfactory. However, the latter represent an essential aspect that helps us to understand not just the content of a document but the way of forging it, of forging a testimony, and how documents were made transmissible and comparable.  
Some questions arise in this regard:
– Can the texts of authors and writers be subjected to the same methods of formal analysis?
– In what way does the concept of hegemony transpire in an autobiographical text?
– How can memory be safeguarded and given value?
– Can contemporary society be observed through a clear distinction between social classes? What kind of terminology should be adopted to classify them? 
– How do the works of authors and writers interact?
– To what extent has the digital revolution expanded autobiographical practice and how does it transform it?
  Submitting the various bodies of work to the same methodological criteria regardless of designation by content or social background appears to be a reasonable intent. The history of culture and science teaches us how the move from listing to classification in the 17th century, as illustrated by Foucault (1966: 137-176), made it possible to make scientific data comparable.
What follows are some points aimed at suggesting some of the possible outlines around which a line of research can be developed.
1. Recognizing oneself within a minority culture. The issue of hegemonies was addressed by Antonio Gramsci (1975). The observation whereby those who exercise hegemony tend to give conformity to language and every form of expression, therefore making them cohesive and comparable, contrasts with the plurality of minority cultures, which are less inscribable into formal constants. There is a vast body of documentation – illustrated and discussed by Antonio Castillo Gómez (2022), among others – on the many archival initiatives that developed especially at the beginning of the 20th century to preserve these sources, and on their now widely acknowledged importance. It is precisely the spurious origins of these sources that make a formal classification of the texts more difficult, at least at first glance.
   Unlike authors, writers do not aim to pursue a style, as Barthes points out (1996: 153). Writers should not necessarily be understood as ordinary people. Leonardo da Vinci regarded himself as a writer and not as an author, “not a literary man,” as he defined himself writing to Ludovico il Moro in 1482. He did not know Latin very well, and for this reason he was not regarded as a man of letters.
   The book Kafka. Toward a Minor Literature (G. Deleuze-F. Guattari, 1975) leads to foundational reflections on this issue, which should constitute a new alphabet for the very conception of the term ‘culture’. In this text Deleuze and Guattari highlight how being without roots, being de-territorialized, leads not to an impoverishment of thought and expressions, but rather to exploring from the margins, from the borders: a distancing that makes it possible to glimpse new lexical, conceptual forms that are open to exchange. Every minority culture (which today have multiplied thanks to the many languages that are circulating, to the multiple forms of coexistence that are necessary in a world in motion) can constitute the instrument required to prevent culture from being ossified into apparatuses.
Minority culture develops languages and a conception of space that is labyrinthine, de-confined, thereby suggesting new perspectives. 
So, who feels legitimized to write? How can experiences that do not come from a canonical style be made well-rounded, rich? In this view, the archives and the written testimonies of ordinary people should not be regarded as mere hunting grounds, but as texts in the strict sense of the term. Chasse aux archives [hunting the archives] is the expression used by Philippe Lejeune to define the voracity for texts from minority and testimonial cultures: “The idea that, within some generations, your texts are tampered with in order to gain information on any subject, without knowing what they are about […] would be disgusting. In order to avoid these misunderstandings, I would strongly emphasize that ‘Hunting is prohibited’”. (Ph. Lejeune 2005: 120-121. The translation is mine).
2. Far from where?
In the case of autobiographical writing, it is possible to glimpse a feeling of being or not being part of a hegemonical entity in the position assumed by the subject as it shows itself to be or not be an integral part of a centre or of a periphery. This is not just about a marginality based on social grounds, but more cogently based on a vision of the subject’s own language and culture in their potential to be relevant within a context (Fabio Dei 2018). 
How does an individual conceive of his or her centrality? Where, when, and how is it possible to circumscribe the position of a writer relaying his or her own life? How does the assumption of a certain stance define an autobiographical narration, legitimise it, structure it also in view of an external glance, of a real, imagined or searched visibility? How does the narrating ‘I’ adopt a perspective of introjection or of extimité, centripetal or centrifugal? 
Lontano da dove is the title of a book by Claudio Magris (1989). It deals with the drama of thousands of people, their conditions at the time of the crumbling of the powerful Hapsburg Empire. It is a metaphor for the conception of centre and periphery, of hegemony and marginality, of exile as an essential condition. An idea that, starting from a political-cultural analysis, grows into a lexicon, into cultural models, it delineates individual destiny.
Magris’s Lontano da dove highlights the difficulty encountered by an individual who, not being part of the hegemonic culture, is observed/observes him/herself and is positioned/positions him/herself as a marginal body.
3. The semantics of the autobiographical text
The narrating ‘I’ manifests itself through expressions that testify to its sociocultural and topographical position, and that inscribe it into certain spatial-temporal categories.
As George Lakoff and Mark Johnson write (2004 [1980]) in their study Metaphors we live by (see the paragraph “The Me-First Orientation”), our way of narrating is modelled on modi pensandi. A whole cultural conception governs these forms of expression, in which the individual modulates self-narration and relates to the world around him or her.
Word order was studied by William Cooper & John Robert Ross (1975). Even the choice of the mother’s or the other’s language and its modelling are cues to the posture of the ‘I’, just as photographs and the ever-widespread selfies signal how self-representation is intended.
In other words, in adopting a written or audio-visual register, the ‘l’ allows us to understand how and where it positions itself. Photographic and video images define its autography.
Like every form of expression, language is a system composed of relations. In order to understand its meaning, a mapping is necessary, which can be delineated through contents or voids: analysing the use of languages proves to be a tool for outlining not just established but potential relations (L. Hjelmslev 2009). Iconographic expressions such as selfies and those found on the Internet (P. Sibilia 2008) follow the same pattern: showing or not showing reveals a willingness to not just self-narrate in the present but to envision what one would like to be. In the same passage, Hjelmslev argues that language forms itself into a tangle of empty places founded on a veritable difference in potential.
4. The position of the ‘I’ and the language referred to the body
An example: in psychiatric patients – who are quintessentially marginal – oral, written and graphic expressions are still closely anchored to the body, to physical actions.
Binswanger, a psychiatrist with long-time experience of dialogue with patients, writes:
“Out of the blue”, “being in seventh heaven” are expressions of our Dasein, our being. And even though myths and poetry allow us, though a universalizing metaphorical language, to share sensations, feelings and psychic experiences, the “I nonetheless remains the original subject of what raises or falls” (L. Binswanger 2012: 42. The translation is mine). Binswanger, who had inscribed his vision into Heidegger’s philosophy for a long time, gradually distanced himself from his ontological conception to immerse it into concrete cases. An entire vocabulary places the acts of the patient’s Dasein into space: vertiginous height, ascension, altitude, infinity, etc. (L. Binswanger 1971: 237-245). It is possible to suppose that the desire to evade, to disengage, in psychiatric patients determines its lexicon.  
More generally, in autobiographical writings reference to the body as a vehicle of experiences that crossed it appears to be important.
5. The ‘truth”: what the ‘I’ shows or conceals. Transparency and obstruction
The truth is the foundational theme of every autobiography. It can be granted by the pact that the writer makes with the reader. Philippe Lejeune’s work docet (Ph. Lejeune: 1975).
The theme of truth powerfully crosses autobiographical writing. Writing about oneself and claiming that it is true implies a pact with a whole series of confirmations and complex manoeuvres.  
Autofictions intend to escape this criterion. 
  Rousseau’s Confessions, a classic of autobiographical writing, is born as a form of self-externalization that makes uncertainties public in order to justify actions that, within the framework of one’s way of recounting, should be justified. Starobinski calls this attitude ‘transparency and obstruction’.  “Rousseau desired communication and transparency of the heart. But after pursuing this avenue and meeting with disappointment, he chose the opposite course, accepting – indeed provoking – obstructions, which enabled him to withdraw, certain of his innocence, into passive resignation.” (J. Starobinski 1971 : 1. The terms in italics are in the original text). Every kind of writing – and, a fortiori, autobiographical writing – exposes and conceals realities that can nonetheless be glimpsed. In sum, this is Poppea’s veil, which lets us see and not see, thereby raising, demanding more questions than certainties (J. Starobinski 1961).
Resolving and understanding the distinction between truth and falsehood requires the use of many coordinates (N. Frogneux 2021); it cannot be submitted to an automatic judgement, either in the historical or in the autobiographical field (see: Carlo Ginzburg, Il filo e le tracce. Vero falso finto 2015).
Even adopting a codified language (as Lotman and Bachtin note: see infra) can be a concealment, or an illusion that you can judge a book by its cover. 
Often, a strong determination to show that the truth is being told is also realized through reference to realia, to what is visible and concrete. In many autobiographies, writers include registry documents. With utmost precision, they mention dates and places in order to make their testimony more believable (B. Barbalato 2009).
6. How writers conceive of hegemony by adopting certain codified forms
Lotman writes that a great man or a bandit must find a good reason for regarding himself as an individual who has the right to biography (J. Lotman 1985: 194). Writing life stories, both biographical and autobiographical, requires a formal choice. For this reason, Lotman asserts that a peasant’s opportunistic use of the language of the church or of bureaucracy allows him to inscribe himself into a legitimacy. Also, think of what Bachtin (103) says about unsophisticated culture, about the peasant who, living in an isolated context, believes that every language corresponds exactly to the reality that he wants to designate.
The same conviction is shared by André Gide, who asserts that often unsophisticated sources formally represent a copy of the copy (A. Gide 1997 [1926-1950]: 572). Gide dispels the misunderstanding of the authenticity of the document of ordinary people. No writing is spontaneous, let alone the authenticity of those who do not practise writing. The codes to which one resorts can be regarded as a passepartout for the legitimization of one’s own narration and conception of truth, which is thus validated (see A. Castillo Gómez 2016 and V. Sierra Blas 2018).
Another important observation by Bachtin concerns the diversity in conceiving and observing a life path today and in antiquity. In antiquity, public and private space was conceived of as one and the same thing. In self-representation there was no difference between an internal self and an external one. The topos was the agora (Ibid.: 279-282).

This call for papers invites proposals aimed at examining writers’ and authors’ ways, forms and goals of self-expression, and it intends to investigate mutual contaminations and interferences. 
Besides what has already been said, particular attention is to be paid to how self-narration presents itself as opening towards the future, how it lets its expectations transpire. In writings there is a quid, a void whose contours, whose latencies are difficult to intercept but nonetheless exist. Wishes are not always openly expressed; often they can be glimpsed between the lines of a text. As Binswanger writes, writing about oneself is a way of letting the future come to oneself. (1971: 261). How can this aspect be interpreted, understood?
Michail Bachtin 1979 [1975- Mosca 1955]:1975], “La parola nella poesía e la parola nel romanzo”, 83-108, “La biografía e l’autobiografia antica”, 277-293, in Id., Estetica e romanzo, transl. by Clara Strada Janovic, Torino, Einaudi.
Beatrice Barbalato (2009), “L’ipersegnicità nelle testimonianze autobiografiche”, 387-400, in Silvia Bonacchi (ed.), Intr. Anna Tylusińska-Kowalska, Le récit du moi: forme, strutture, modello del racconto autobiografico, in Kwartalnik neofilologiczny, Polska Akademia Nauk, Warsaw 29-30 April 2008. editor: Franciszek Grucza.
B. Barbalato-Albert Mingelgrün (eds.) 2012, Télémaque, Archiver et interpréter les témoignages autobiographiques, Louvain-la Neuve, Presses Universitaires de Louvain.
Roland Barthes  1998 [“Tel Quel”, 1964], “Écrivains et écrivants”, in Essais critiques, Paris, Seuil.
Ludwig Binswanger 1971 [1947], “Le sens anthropologique de la présomption”, 237-245, in Id., Introduction à l’analyse existentielle, translated from the French by Jacqueline Verdeaux and Roland Kuhn, preface by R. Kuhn and Henri Maldiney, Paris, Éd. de Minuit.
Rêve et existence 2012 [1930] translation and introduction Françoise Dastur, postface by E. Basso, Paris, Vrin.
Antonio Castillo Gómez 2022, “Voix subalternes. Archives et mémoire écrite des classes populaires”, 117-135, in S. Péquignot and Y. Potin (dir.), Les conflits d’archives, France, Espagne, Méditerranée, Rennes, Presses universitaires de Rennes.
Daniele Combierati 2010, Scrivere nella lingua dell’altro, Bruxelles, Peter Lang.
William Cooper & John Robert Ross 1975, “World order”, 63–111, in R. E. Grossman et al. (eds.), Papers from the parasession on functionalism, Chicago: Chicago Linguistic Society.

Fabio Dei 2018, Cultura popolare in Italia da Gramsci all’Unesco, Bologna, il Mulino.

Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari 1975, Kafka. Pour une littérature mineure, Paris, Éd. De Minuit.
Michel Foucault 1966, “Classer”, 137-176, in Id, Les mots et le choses, Paris, Gallimard.
Nathalie Frogneux, “Une phénoménologie de la vie mensongère”, in Le Phénomène humain. Revue Philosophique de Louvain 118(4), 2021, 573-591. doi: 10.2143/RPL.118.4.3290142.
André Gide 1997, Journal 1926-1950, Paris, Gallimard, vol. II.
Carlo Ginzburg 2006), Il filo e le tracce. Vero falso finto, Feltrinelli, Milano.

Louis Hjelmslev 1975, Résumé of a Theory of Language. Travaux du Cercle linguistique de Copenhague, vol. XVI. Copenhague: Nordisk Sprog- og Kulturforlag.
–        (2009), Teoria del linguaggio. Résumé, = TLR, Vicenza, Terra Ferma, Vicenza.
Antonio Gramsci 1975, Quaderni del carcere, 3, Quaderni 12-29, critical edition of the Istituto Gramsci by Valentino Gerratana, Torino, Einaudi.
Georges Lakoff, Mark Johnson, 2003 [1980], Metaphors We Live By, Chicago-London, The University of Chicago Press.
Philippe Lejeune 1975, Le pacte autobiographique, Paris, Seuil.
– “Je ne suis pas une source”, Entretien de Ph. Artières, 115-137, in Id., Signes de vie – Le pacte autobiographique 2, 2, Seuil 2005.
Ronan Le Roux, « De quoi jouit l’archiviste ? Méditation certalienne sur le ‘vol d’âme’ », in Elodie Belkorchia, Georges Cuer, Françoise Hiraux (dir.), Du matériel à l’immatérielLa Gazette des archives n°262 (2021-2). 
Jurij M. Lotman 1985, “Il diritto alla biografia”, in Id., La semiosfera-L’asimmetria e il dialogo nelle strutture pensanti, edited and translated from the Russian by Simonetta Salvestroni, Venezia, Marsilio.
Claudio Magris 1989, Lontano da Dove, Joseph Roth e la tradizione ebraico-orientale, Torino Einaudi.
Paula Sibilia 2008, O show do eu: a intimidade como espetáculo, Rio de Janeiro, Nova
Verónica Sierra Blas 2016, Cartas presas. La correspondencia carcelaria en la Guerra Civil y el
Franquismo, Madrid, Marcial Pons.
Jean Starobinski 1961, “Le voile de Poppée”, 7-27, in Id, L’oeil vivant, Gallimard, 1961.
Jean-Jacques Rousseau: Transparency and Obstruction. Trans. by Arthur Goldhammer. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1988.
Judging panel:
Beatrice Barbalato, Mediapolis.europa ass, cult., Université catholique de Louvain
Antonio Castillo Gómez, Universidad de Alcalá
Nathalie Frogneux, Université catholique de Louvain
Verónica Sierra Blas, Universidad de Alcalá
Symposium organized by:
Mediapolis.Europa (Irene Meliciani: managing director)
Mnemosyne o la costruzione del senso, Presses universitaires de Louvain
Grupo de Investigación “Lectura, Escritura, Alfabetización” (LEA), Universidad de Alcalá
Seminario Interdisciplinar de Estudios sobre Cultura Escrita (SIECE), Universidad de Alcalá
This symposium is part of the research project Vox populi. Espacios, prácticas y estrategias de visibilidad de las escrituras del margen en las épocas Moderna y Contemporánea (PID2019-107881GB-I00), financed by the Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación and by the Agencia Estatal de Investigación (Spain).
Suggestions for sending proposals  
The languages admitted for submission are: Italian, Spanish, French, English, Portuguese. Everyone is allowed to write in one of these languages. There will be no simultaneous translation. A passive understanding of these languages is desirable.
A) Deadline for submission: 15 July 2023. The abstract will be composed of 250 words (max), with citation of two reference sources, and a brief CV (max: 100 words), with possible mention of two of one’s own publications, be they articles, books, or videos.
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